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  • HomeTeam 25: Blink and you'll miss a pop quiz

    HomeTeam 25: Blink and you'll miss a pop quiz 1. (1) Armwood (5-0) Last week: Beat Jefferson 42-0 This week: Bye Lowdown: I’m not saying this is the Most Incredible Stat in the History of Football Stats, but I am saying that if I were considering a list of incredible stats for Most Incredible Stat in the History of ...
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    Mon. Sept. 29, 2014 at 3:24 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Sunday Morning QB: Approaching midseason

    Sunday Morning QB: Approaching midseason SMQ team of the week Clearwater Central Catholic: The Marauders, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, had eight players nursing injuries during the week. Five were healed enough to play, but the Marauders still were without two of their offensive linemen for a matchup against Ocala Trinity Catholic, No. 4 ...
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    Sun. Sept. 28, 2014 at 9:54 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Hillsborough Game of the Week: Hillsborough 32, Lennard 26

    Hillsborough Game of the Week: Hillsborough 32, Lennard 26 RUSKIN — The rain had slowed, the teams had shook hands and Lennard coach Keith Chattin had spoken to his crestfallen kids. The disappointment of the 32-26 district loss was only just beginning to settle in and eat away at Chattin. As he walked off the field, he slapped his ...
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    Sat. Sept. 27, 2014 at 1:11 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Midweek Grab Bag: At least one more week of Lennard love

    Midweek Grab Bag: At least one more week of Lennard love Welcome to the Midweek Grab Bag. We suggest you pour yourself a nice cool beverage, find a comfortable place to sit, and enjoy a nice bowl of numbers soup.  Power rankings  Here are the 20 hottest things in high school football right now. 1. (NR) The weather: Seriously, that rain ...
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    Wed. Sept. 24, 2014 at 5:19 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Cross country: Tampa Bay honor roll

    Cross country: Tampa Bay honor roll Boys Jack Guyton, Plant 16:02.60 (Wiregrass Run With the Bulls) Hafton Fliegelman, Durant 16:22 (East Hillsborough Invitational) Luke Whitmore, Plant City 16:29  (East Hillsborough Invitational) James Zentmeyer, Sickles 16:35 (West Hillsborough Invite) Zach Weaver, Pasco 16:38.19 (Steven Villarreal Memorial) Aaron Harper, Newsome 16:40  (East Hillsborough Invitational) Trevor Foley, Nature Coast ...
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    Tue. Sept. 23, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Christopher Faddoul, male winner for Sept. 13-19

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Christopher Faddoul, male winner for Sept. 13-19 Male winner: Christopher Faddoul, Wiregrass Ranch Christopher Faddoul found out he was playing quarterback on varsity for the first time about, oh, two seconds before Friday’s kickoff against Tampa Bay Tech. He had been called over while loosening up his leg — he’s the kicker — to run two plays ...
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    Mon. Sept. 22, 2014 at 8:39 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam 25: Puns and pigskin, a perfect combo

    HomeTeam 25: Puns and pigskin, a perfect combo 1. (1) Armwood (4-0) Last week: Beat Robinson 28-6 This week: vs. Jefferson Lowdown: The Hawks stretched their win streak against Tampa Bay competition to 19 games, but on a rainy, rainy night, the defense was overshadowed by Noah’s arc on his throws.   2. (2) East Lake (4-0) Last ...
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    Mon. Sept. 22, 2014 at 4:15 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Hillsborough Game of the Week: Plant 20, Bloomingdale 6

    Hillsborough Game of the Week: Plant 20, Bloomingdale 6 VALRICO — There were fumbles and interceptions. More fumbles and wet footballs heaved off target into the pouring rain with wet hands. More fumbles and a slew of penalties and touchdowns that didn’t count and dropped passes and more fumbles. Then there was Patrick Brooks. For three quarters, Plant and ...
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    Sat. Sept. 20, 2014 at 1:27 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Sunlake vs. Springstead: Clash of dynamic defenses

    Springstead and Sunlake, the two best defenses on the North Suncoast? Most likely. Last year, both teams combined for 10 shutouts and played a physical and ferocious brand of defense on the way to the Class 6A playoffs. So far this season, it has been no different. Sunlake is 3-0 ...
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    Thu. Sept. 18, 2014 at 1:37 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Midweek Grab Bag: Blowing John C. Cotey's mind one week at a time

    Midweek Grab Bag: Blowing John C. Cotey's mind one week at a time Welcome to the Midweek Grab Bag. We suggest you pour yourself a nice cool beverage, find a comfortable place to sit, and enjoy a nice bowl of numbers soup.  Grab Bag power rankings  Here are the 20 hottest things in high school football right now. 1. (1) Pinellas County football: ...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 11:23 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Another week, another HomeTeam Pick 'Em

    You know the drill: keep your name the same, and good luck. Loading...
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    Wed. Sept. 17, 2014 at 10:44 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Pick 'Em has a new overall leader and weekly winner

    In another tough week of picking high school football games, the top dogs struggled while allowing newcomer Malachi Strand to win the week, and David Bjelke to take the overall lead. Strand, a name we're pretty sure is borrowed from the television series Longmire, which I will now have to ...
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    Tue. Sept. 16, 2014 at 10:32 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam Hot Shots: Jaylen Pickett, male winner for Sept. 6-12

    HomeTeam Hot Shots: Jaylen Pickett, male winner for Sept. 6-12 Male Hot Shot winner: Jaylen Pickett, Zephyrhills When the going got tough for Zephyrhills running back Jaylen Pickett on Friday night, Jaylen Pickett the wide receiver and defensive back got going. Stymied in the backfield a week after rushing for 260 yards, Pickett picked off two passes on defense — ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 4:55 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam 25: Large leaps, distinctive drops

    HomeTeam 25: Large leaps, distinctive drops 1. (1) Armwood (3-0) Last week: Beat Hillsborough 26-0 This week: at Robinson Lowdown: Since a bumpy opening half to the season, the defense has not allowed a point in 10 straight quarters, the first time that’s happened since 2011. 2. (2) East Lake (3-0) Last week: Beat Dunedin 36-6 ...
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    Mon. Sept. 15, 2014 at 2:24 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • North Suncoast Game of the Week: Zephyrhills 45, Mitchell 14 (with video)

    North Suncoast Game of the Week: Zephyrhills 45, Mitchell 14 (with video) TRINITY — Reggie Roberts’ team scored 45 points Friday night, but he wasn’t talking afterwards about the big plays or touchdown passes or long runs. He was talking defense. Like only a Zephyrhills Bulldog can. Woof! “The Bulldogs have always played defense,” said a fired-up Roberts, and they used that defense to ...
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    Sat. Sept. 13, 2014 at 1:05 a.m. | John C. Cotey

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